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Suicide in Independence Township

Suicide in Independence Township

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, June 9, 2014)

INCIDENT:  8:45 hrs. – Independence Township- Death Investigation / Suicide by Firearm   #14-086360.

SUMMARY:  At approximately 8:45 am June 8 deputies were dispatched to a home on the 6600 Block of Shelly Dr. for a family trouble.  The caller stated the ex-husband was parked in the driveway of her residence.  

OUTCOME OF INCIDENTUpon arrival the subject was found in the driveway of that residence behind the driver seat of his still running pickup truck.  It was readily apparent that he was deceased by an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.  Detectives from the sub-station responded to the scene along with the on duty forensic lab specialist who assisted with processing the scene. The Oakland County Medical Examiner also responded and  took custody of the deceased pending an autopsy.

VICTIM, SUSPECT or ARRESTEE  INFORMATION(Deceased):43 yr. old male resident of Waterford Township.

NOTE:  Police Reports come directly from the Police Department or agency involved and are written by the person or agency listed below the title.  We generally run these “as is” or with minimal editing for punctuation, spelling, etc. Suspects should not be presumed guilty. Those needing more information about a case are encouraged to follow up with the reporting agency or court system for the most current information.



“Suicide is a major public health issue, but it is preventable,” said George Miller, Director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in a previous article. “It is important for everyone to recognize the warning signs and risk factors for suicide to prevent the loss of lives.”

Warning Signs:

~Talking about, or making plans to die

~Talking about “ending the pain”

~Persistently feeling sad, lonely or “empty”

~Insomnia or excessive sleeping

~Social isolation and withdrawal

~Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

Risk Factors:

~Previous suicide attempt(s)

~Depression or other mental illness

~Substance use

~Family history of suicide

~Physical illness and /or chronic pain

If you or someone you know is in crisis, do not leave the person alone and do not isolate yourself.  Call your doctor, 911, go to a hospital emergency room for immediate help, or ask someone to help you.  The phone number for Common Ground’s 24-hour Crisis and Resource Helpline is 800-231-1127 and is available 24 hours a day.

Additional Resources:

Common Ground –

Oakland County Community Mental Health –

Easter Seals –

Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –

National Alliance on Mental Illness –

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